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Pinoy in Ghana
Fr. Joseph D. Panabang SVD
Money Can’t Buy it
While at Language School, we do not stay at the school itself but we live with a Ghanaian family for six months to facilitate learning Twi, the local language. In the family where I stayed, my cook unfortunately was divorced by her husband. Our conversation:
Cook: Praise the Lord! I have peace of mind.
(Charismatic pala ere.)
Peace of mind – that’s what matters. It cannot be bought.
I found a notebook buried under the laundry in the laundry room. Then the woman suddenly dashed in without warning. She was so worried and confessed that she lost a very important notebook containing the number of ironed clothes and their prices. The loss means no salary. Full of pity, I showed her the notebook. When she saw it, she jumped, grabbed the notebook, pressed it hard over her breast and looking up, exclaimed: “I thank my God!” (forgetting me who found the notebook).
Twice my malaria sent me to two hospitals. At the first hospital run by Medical Sisters, a group of Protestant Charismatics, unaware that I was a Catholic Priest, came to pray over me. After them came the Catholic Charismatic group. I got well but the problem was I did not know whose prayer made me well.
The second hospital was rum by Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit. While my Ghanaian nurse was taking my blood pressure, I asked her, “So, what is my sickness?” Father, you have symptoms” “You mean ‘symptomysis’? I jokingly continued. “Yes Father”, she replied much to my surprise.
When I was discharged, I related the same story to another priest. Is there a sickness called ‘symptomysis’? He said, “Usually, when you are going to die, the doctors do not tell you your sickness”, O.I.C., I said.
Duol ra sa pikas
“Are you going up North or down South?” I asked the Bishop’s driver. “Going down North Father”, he said to my confusion.
The worst and best wrong identity people here usually give me is not that I look like a Japanese, a Chinese, or Frenchman, but that I look like Flt. Lt. Gerry Rollings (Ghana’s President). Hindi madali ito; pag may coup de’etat, pagkamalian ka, tapos ka na! “Di maaga na ang iyong pagka-bloody martyrdom”.
I have many other jokes but I do not want to tell them because you will just laugh at them.